WPCNR THE SUNDAY BAILEY. News & Comment John F. Bailey . February 6, 2022:
Newspapers, Pundits, Politicians, Governors, Parents, Companies, Presidents are at the urging of fans are choosing to Go for it on 4th Down and Unknown in the Covid Bowl.
That is this coming Super Bowl Sunday. The good news is all over the mediaAAAAAA.
The opinion pushed out as fact on media of all interests and biases are delivering the good news — we have beaten Covid. Now we can go to ‘Back to Normal Week.” In fact, Governor Patrick Murphy of New Jersey says masks do not have to be worn in schools in New Jersey beginning in March. Cross your fingers parents in New Jersey!
Covid is in the rearview mirror and we are getting back to normal after the national 4th massive covid wave in mid-December through January. That is the mantra in the irresponsible media today.
Millions and millions and millions of Super Bowl Parties will take place from border to border Canada to Del Rio Texas West to Monterrey and East to Savannah. South to Miami Beach.
Ten, fifteen, twenty-five and tens more may gather together in in mansions, hotels, cramped apartments and elegant private homes. They will crowd and huddle to watch modern Gladiators compete in the Super Bowl in High Definition across the country with children, young people and parents and relatives present.
Of course being responsible adults and kids, they will all be wearing masks. They will be socially distancing, wearing their masks lifting up to quaff a beer or a drink, chips, dips, platters of antipasto, cold cuts, shrimp, in buffets of bounty from local delis, supermarkets. Eating and drinking for three hours
Every day I read good news. Today, hospitals are saying they are handling the increase in omicron infections well (despite shortages of personnel) around the metro area.
Nationally, not as good. Infections of covid are still running high across the country though they have dropped.
And ever since the infections started to drop, we have heard steady clamorings from parents to drop mask-wearing to schools; among other practices, as well as feel good propaganda from doctors, experts and reporters that it is safe to go back to normal.
We had this virus beaten in June and opened up beaches, bars, sports. Too soon, we got careless with a lead and played zone defense of a sort.
Coming up though is the day when 85% of the country watches the Super Bowl in homes, bars, and large venues nationwide.
Do we remember what happened going into Thanksgiving? Four weeks later we had the highest number of covid cases in Westchester in one day, 7,659 covid infections reported on December 29. Thatr was one month and 8 days ago.
Now we are having next Sunday Super Bowl Sunday. Endless pregame. Endless game. The postgame. Hours of mingling, of course, masked and socially distanced, do you think?
I was reminded of this after a Talk Radio appearance Friday. After we were off the air. The host and I got to talking and he suddenly said, well what about the SuperBowl. I said you’re right that could be a “Super Spreader.”
On Sunday the very act of playing the game will give covid a fresh set of downs on a self-inflicted P enalty Flag for Flagrant Parttying.
Here we are as a nation finally stopping this economy-stopping Fourth Wave caused by opening up the summer too soon because Governor Cuomo and the Albany politicians wanted him out on sexual harassment charges.
Well the opening up gave covid another chance. It grew through the summer because no city or town in this county enforced masking, social distancing, or vaccinations. We gave them but did not make them mandatoru.
After vaccines stopped the disastrous Fourth Wave, schools returned responsibly, the Red Death is finally down and turning into a matter of self-discipline, personal responsibility, and getting vaccinated.
In a typical NFL game result a stupid penalty, a stupid interference, and amateur officiating results in Westchester New York and the nation delivering victory into the waiting jaws of covid defeat, due to pollyanna wishful thinking instead of smart behavior and the irresponsibility of the media which has a vested interested in getting things back to normal too.
Those infections from the unvaccinated, the unmasked at those thousands of parties, spreading the disease with shouting, talking, partying, face to face may spread a 5th SuperBowl SuperWave.
It will not spreading gradually like the third wave but simultaneously into the whole country within 3 weeks like a national covid long bomb connecting like a Brady pass into a prevent defense as covid gets a replay in a redo of 4th Down and Unknown. Thousands more infections and deaths nationwide, not just 15 yards.
In New York we are still fragile in the ability of hospitals to staff druring another serious outbreak and what if the virus mutates again and beats the vaccines?
What if the spread does start again? Instead of oozing in gradually from Orange Rockland, Dutchess, Putnam and Ulster, Westchester and Nassau and Suffolk Counties it will happen in all 9 counties and The Bronx, Manhatten, Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens BOOM! as John Madden would describe it.
This game should never have been played due the serious interval we are now in.
It means nothing. It is just entertainment.
just as the Olympics should never have continued to be staged in China because of China’s irresponsible behavior.
February is also a month of other opportunities for Covid to ignite: Valentines Day where going out, sweethearting intimacies could reignite the growth.
There is also the 10-day vacation at most schools in the county. Travel, socialization again a chance to spread the disease.
For your own safety get vaccinated. Continue to mask and socialize responsibly.